The legendary Mike Rutherford performs with Mike + The Mechanics at The Birchmere on March 27, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Mike Rutherford, who became one of the most bassists in the world thanks to his long run with progressive rock band Genesis, also performs with a project known as Mike + The Mechanics. Mike visited The Birchmere on Tuesday to play bass with a new iteration of The Mechanics on Tuesday, and Jason captured the action on the stage.
Originally formed in 1985, Mike + The Mechanics was famous for pairing Mike with vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young. That band ultimately dissolved in 2004, but left behind some memorable hits, including “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground),” “All I Need Is a Miracle,” and “The Living Years.’
In 2010, Mike formed a new lineup of Mike + The Mechanics, recruiting vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. The revitalized band released The Road in 2011 and followed that up with Let Me Fly in 2017.
In concert, Mike + The Mechanics performed many of the songs made famous by the first iteration of the band in addition to new songs like “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “Are You Ready?,” and “Let Me Fly.” In a pleasant surprise, the band also makes a habit of performing Genesis covers — and on this tour, they offered “Land of Confusion” and “I Can’t Dance” to appreciative crowds.
Mike + The Mechanics closed their current US tour in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 28, but perhaps we will hear them running, hear them calling us, again soon! Here are some pictures of Mike + The Mechanics performing at The Birchmere on March 27, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Jason Nicholson.